Security solutions provider Smiths Detection has launched new air cargo security scanner HI-SCAN 145180-2is pro.

The scanner uses two 200kV X-ray generators that are arranged at 90° angles. One of the X-ray generators is positioned under the conveyor belt.

The company claimed that this positioning improves penetration and image quality, reducing the expensive and time-consuming need to re-scan.

Smiths Detection also noted that the scanner is easy to maintain and service.

The X-ray generators are controlled digitally, which offers better analysis, diagnostic capabilities and internal memory for data storage.

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The compact scanner features tightly packed rollers to support cargo passage through the inspection tunnel.

It can handle objects of 145cm x 180cm dimension. The HiTraX 3 electronics platform offers easy integration and optimised image presentation.

Smiths Detection technology vice-president Matthew Clark said: “We are constantly investing in new technology to take security screening into new territory and the new generators in the HI-SCAN 145180-2is pro are a significant development.

“All our experience in screening air cargo has been leveraged to create a truly unique solution, which fulfils the needs in the growing air cargo market for optimum performance from a compact and competitively priced scanner.”

Last week, Smiths Detection secured a $96.8m contract from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply checkpoint CT systems.

The company also opened a new training and experience centre in India last month. Located in Gurugram, Haryana, the service centre has been set up with an investment of $1.5m.

In April, Smiths Detection’s distributor Dainippon secured an order to deliver a high-speed explosives detection system (EDS) to Argentina’s Ezeiza International Airport.

The HI-SCAN XCT 10080 EDS will be deployed at the airport’s new baggage handling system to boost the speed and efficiency of screening processes.